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WNYC News

Conn. Prosecutor Weighs Charges in Christmas Blaze

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A prosecutor is deciding whether to file criminal charges in the deaths of three girls and their grandparents on Christmas morning in an accidental blaze that authorities say was started after a contractor discarded a bag of fireplace ashes at the Connecticut home.

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WNYC News

In CT, Emails Reveal Details of October Storm Aftermath

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A group of emails has shed some light on the dispute over compensating Connecticut utility customers who lost power for a week or more after the October snow storm.

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WNYC News

All 4 GOP Candidates on CT Primary Ballot

Friday, February 10, 2012

State officials say Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul will compete for votes from Connecticut Republicans in the state's presidential preference primary on April 24.

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WNYC News

CT Governor Malloy Lists Proposals for Storm Response

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy laid out dozens of proposals Wednesday aimed at improving the state's response to major storms after one knocked out power for 12 days in October.

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WNYC News

CT Fire Caused by Old Fireplace Embers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Connecticut officials said a Christmas morning fire that killed a couple and three of their grandchildren was caused by old fireplace embers.

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WNYC News

CT Fire Victim Was Company's Safety Chief

Monday, December 26, 2011

A man who died with his wife and three grandchildren in a Christmas morning house fire in Connecticut spent his career trying to prevent fires as safety chief at a liquor company in Kentucky.

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WNYC News

CT House Where 5 Died in Christmas Blaze Is Torn Down

Monday, December 26, 2011

A house severely damaged in a Christmas morning fire that killed three children and two grandparents, one of whom worked as Santa Claus at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been torn down.

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WNYC News

Head of CT Utility Steps Down After Storm

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The CEO of Connecticut Light and Power submitted his resignation Thursday, as the utility faces investigations into its handling of massive power outages from two recent storms.

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WNYC News

62,000 CT Residents Still Without Power

Monday, November 07, 2011

Some 62,000 homes and businesses in Connecticut are still without electricity more than a week after the surprise October snowstorm knocked out power.

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WNYC News

LOOK | Winter Storm Hits Tri-State Area

Saturday, October 29, 2011

An early season snow storm hit the region on Saturday, resulting in travel delays and even a few snowmen.

 

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WNYC News

NY, CT Methodists Pledge Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, October 17, 2011

More than 160 active and retired United Methodist clergy members in New York and Connecticut said they would defy the church's ban on performing same-sex marriages and perform ceremonies for all couples.

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It's A Free Country ®

Linda McMahon Announces Senate Run—Who Else is After Joe Lieberman's Seat?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Republican Linda McMahon officially announced her candidacy for Senate Tuesday, hoping to replace outgoing Democrat-turned-Independent Joe Lieberman. She joins a list of familiar faces in state politics lining up for the race.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tri-State Status Post-Irene

Friday, September 02, 2011

Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, discusses the Connecticut recovery effort post Hurricane Irene; U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th) who serves on House Budget and Ways and Means Committees, updates the situation in New Jersey; Nan Hayworth, U.S Representative (R-NY-19), surveys the flood damage around New York.

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Features

Broadway, Museums, Parks, Casinos Re-Open After Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Broadway theaters, museums and parks in New York are back open on Monday after Tropical Storm Irene forced them to shut down over the weekend. The U.S. Open started on Monday, as planned. Casinos are also back open in New Jersey and Connecticut.

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C'mon Irene: Live-Blogging the Hurricane

SATURDAY, 2:30 pm: From our friends in Connecticut

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Not even a hurricane can derail a tax free shopping holiday.

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Transportation Nation

Nation's Oldest Ferry to Close

Friday, July 15, 2011

(Photo (cc) by Flickr user rbglasson)

The nation's oldest continuously operating ferry boat service will shut down after 356 years due to budget cuts in Connecticut.

Historical archives say the Rocky Hill Ferry has been crossing the Connecticut River since 1655. It was privately operated, mostly by local families under state charter, for 260 years before being adopted by the state in 1915. It is currently operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The state historic landmark marker posted at the site of the ferry (photo below) reads:

"Since 1655, public transportation across the Connecticut River has been provided at this site ... Motive power has been supplied at various times by poles, oars, a horse treadmill and a steam engine."

The Connecticut DOT website states:

"At one time, a horse on a treadmill in the center of the craft supplied the power to propel the craft across the river. In 1876, the ferry was "modernized" into a steam driven craft.  Today's craft is an open flatboat named the "Hollister III".  The three-car barge is towed back and forth by the "Cumberland," a diesel powered towboat."

The Ferry service costs about $345,000 to operate, according to local press reports. Governor Dannel Malloy has put the Rocky Hill and Chester-Hadlyme ferries--in operation 242 years--on the chopping block as part of an effort to close a $1.6 billion budget gap. Employees have been notified their jobs will be eliminated and service halted on August 25.

(Photo (cc) by Flickr user dougtone)

If anyone knows what the new oldest continuously operating ferry is, please post in comments.

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It's A Free Country ®

What Other States Tell Us About the Fight After Legalized Gay Marriage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New York is on the verge of becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage — and the third to do so through legislation rather than litigation. But that's just one battle for pro-gay activists. In every other state to pass same-sex marriage, legalization has put opponents back on offense in courts and statehouses, with mixed results.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Governor Malloy on Connecticut Politics

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Connecticut governor Dan Malloy discusses state politics and recently passed bills for paid sick leave and the decriminalization of marijuana.

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CT Gov. Dan Malloy Talks Budget, Same Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I stated quite clearly that I would not play any games or gimmicks. Other states aren't funding their pension plans, as if that's savings. Well, that's not really savings. The obligation continues to grow, it just gets handed off to the next governor. In point of fact, that's what happened to me.

— Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Connecticut Businesses Consider Sick Leave Laws

Thursday, June 09, 2011

For millions of working Americans, calling in sick isn’t an option. That’s because 40 million employees in the United States do not have paid sick leave. This will no longer be the case for food service or day care workers in Connecticut by May 2012, because of a newly passed law requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to give their workers one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

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